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Note: doubleclick enlarges almost all fotos for the past year or so.
Cutter head, the helical jaws with scores of teeth that need intensive maintenance,
light therapy to effect the endless gnawing away of
Or the mighty Brazos and crew?
Why . . . busy, of course.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Vessels besides Florida include Sea Bear, Layla Renee, and Pearl River.
A weapon from Captain Nemo’s Nautilus emerging from the depths to exact revenge?
Of course, if you read tugster regularly, you know about my fascination with the dredge machine called a cutter suction head. Tug supporting the dental barge here is Sea Bear. Note the condition of the teeth (over 50?) on the head and the green spares on deck behind the dental crew, who like the folks that work on human teeth, use
appropriate tools to assess the damage.
Interesting work, guys.
All fotos by will Van Dorp, who’s happy to see so much dredging happening along the Kills.
No matter that Padre Island might be the sixth boro’s version of Sisyphus . . . or an enormous vacuum cleaner/wet vac, no matter . . . I’m always happy to see the trailing suction hopper dredge (TSHD), especially up close. The northeast corner of Staten Island looks remarkable uninhabited, an illusion to be sure.
I guess this is the front dischange head. See a video of this attachments to this head used for “rainbowing” here. (Correction/crossout made here thanks to SeaBart.)
the suction pipe, like arm and hand. See a trove of dredge images here.
As she passed by this week, I was surprised how much noise came from her 3000 hp propulsion. And how speedy she was. Was there ever sail-powered dredging? What artifacts get sucked up and dumped during the dredging process? I know progress calls, but what stuff otherwise treasured gets missed? What fauna gets sucked up? Was Oliver Evans‘ steamer Oruktor Amphibolos, ”Amphibious Digger,” really the beginning of dredging?
All fotos Will Van Dorp.